Achieving A Wabi Sabi Home

Featured above is the Blanca Vessel. 

The profound significance of our home lies in the objects that connect with our souls and shape our lives in unimaginable ways. Every piece, new and old, tells a story that is bridged to our very own, yet solitary in its own right.

When designing a space, it is often essential to discover what elements we are drawn towards and how these characteristics speak to us. Reflect upon the intricate details and craftsmanship that is carefully brought to fruition by artisan hands.

Of the many design styles to choose from, there are none quite like the Wabi Sabi aesthetic, a trend that has continuously gained favor over the past year.

Cherishing the beauty within the imperfections, focusing on the raw, organic feel they bring into your home, is the beautiful philosophy Wabi Sabi is known for. This way of life focuses on allowing objects to speak for themselves in an authentic way, creating a space that is simple, yet elevated, and one-of-a-kind. Each object has its own purpose to be fulfilled, yet comes together in ideal harmony for a space that feels grounded and at peace.

These key concepts resonate with us here at Bellari Home, as we feel that your home is more than a place to live, it is a lifestyle, a safe space and an ode to your being. As we continue to explore the ways to achieve a Wabi Sabi home, we invite you to get inspired and reflect on how this trend and philosophy can be the right fit for you.

Follow along to learn more about the adored Wabi Sabi interior design style.


What Is Wabi Sabi?


Featured is the Sentiment Ravena Vessel.

Wabi Sabi Style embraces the Japanese philosophy that nothing is perfect, finished or permanent, inviting you to live a more authentic, meaningful and fulfilling life.

"Wabi-sabi" is a Japanese term that indicates a focus on finding beauty within life's flaws. Wabi translates to the beauty found among irregular or unbalanced things, while sabi means to accept the beauty of things that age. Together, this philosophy centers around the fleeting balance and understanding that all things are perfectly imperfect.


The Seven Principles Of Wabi Sabi 


Featured above is the Livella Dining Table, Ferra Lily Candle Holder, and Terra Vessel.

To truly grasp the significance of Wabi Sabi design in the realm of interior design, we must explore its seven fundamental philosophies. These principles seamlessly intertwine, shaping an informed outlook on this unique way of life.

Fukinsei: Asymmetry

Embracing the unpredictability and impermanence of life, emphasizing the importance of spontaneity and irregularity.

Kanso: Simplicity

Invites you to declutter your mind and simplify your life by focusing on the essentials.

Shibumi: Beauty In The Understated

Acknowledges finding the beauty within objects that are often overlooked or unseen. There is beauty in many simple and humble things in life.

Shizen: Naturalness

Highlights the importance and value of being in harmony with nature and appreciate our surroundings.

Yugen: Profound Sense Of Mystery

Find the beauty within the unknown and explore the many dimensions of life.

Datsuzoku: Freedom From Habits

Encourages individuals to break free from societal norms, daily routines and the ordinary, and to embrace their own unique qualities and the freedom from the conventional.

Seijaku: Tranquility

Seek the solidarity and stillness occurring within our chaotic lives.


Ways To Incorporate Wabi Sabi Into Your Home


Featured is the Luna Vessel, Goddess Sculpture, and Column Fluted Side Table.

When it comes to Wabi Sabi home decor, elements that are prominent within this style tend to be neutral color palettes, one-of-a kind and earthy objects that age gracefully, and various textured, natural materials. The interconnectedness between these fundamentals is the result of allowing nature to take precedence in the home.

Allow us to tap into the specifics of incorporating Wabi Sabi into your home decor.

Natural Elements

In a Wabi Sabi home, the allure of natural materials is undeniable. Wood, natural stone, and ceramics are prominent within this style, adding a touch of charm and softness with their earthly textures. You'll find this in coffee tables, sofas, home accessories like vases or sculptures, and lighting fixtures, just to name a few.

The beauty lies in their ability to age gracefully and be appreciated for their weathered appearance. Each unrefined and imperfect piece will bring a sense of serenity and balance.

When it comes to adding plants into your space, look for large, dried branches and statement florals or trees to be showcased in textural pots and vessels.

Organic Color Palettes

In the midst of deciding on which colors to implement into your home, take a look at the hues that are common within nature. Often this includes neutral palettes such as browns, greys, taupes, whites and creams. In a Wabi Sabi home, these are the sole colors that tend to be focused on throughout the entirety of the space.

These colors evoke a sense of calmness and create a connection with nature, which is a crucial aspect of the Wabi Sabi philosophy. However, you should avoid using any bright, bold colors or overly saturated hues, as they tend to distract from the overall sense of tranquility.

It is great to keep in mind how these colors appear when natural light is gracing them. A Wabi Sabi home tends to embrace the quality and warmth of natural light, therefore, you'll want to assure the colors chosen reflect the light in a graceful way.

Raw, Curved Edges

As mentioned, it is essential to embrace imperfection in all facets of life, as this is how we discover true authenticity. Curved objects evoke a sense of unpredictability and movement that contrasts with the static and angular line work often seen within modern design.

When it comes to decor, Wabi Sabi draws inspiration from nature, appealing to the inherent beauty of natural shapes often found in our surroundings. Furniture with organic lines, sculptures with asymmetrical forms, and objects with raw, curved edges exemplify the essence of Wabi Sabi design. Avoid adding in objects that feel too polished or "perfect" in essence as this delineates from the organic feeling.

Vintage & Vintage-Inspired Objects

Whether old or new, objects that have a vintage feeling are a vital focal point in a Wabi Sabi home. These objects are more than simple decorations, but are a reflection of the philosophy of Wabi Sabi that celebrates the beauty of the imperfect, the impermanent and the incomplete.

The organic and unique nature of vintage artifacts, and those that are inspired, provide an authentic look and feeling. Weathered bowls, textured vases, earthy coffee or side tables, and rigid paintings are all pieces that will add personal touches and a rustic, handmade feeling to your space.

Incorporating vintage-inspired objects into your home not only provides aesthetic but also imbues the space with a sense of nostalgia and emotional connection. They serve as a reminder of the timeless beauty that lies in the impermanence of life and the fleeting nature of all things.

Lots of Textures

Textures are not only visually pleasing, but they also awaken our sense of touch. When you add varying textures to your space, you are creating depth, dimension, and visual intrigue. Along with the use of natural materials, such as wood, stone and ceramics, common textiles used in a Wabi Sabi space include linen, cotton, and wool.

Maintaining Simplicity

The concept of "less is more" is highlighted within Wabi Sabi interior design. Maintaining a simplistic approach to decorating is essential when styling your home. Focus on the pieces that are absolutely necessary for your space, ridding of any items you no longer need, or those that are not fulfilling their purpose any longer. This will provide a sense of clarity not only in your home, but within your daily life as well - a key philosophy in Wabi Sabi.

Allow The Imperfections To Take The Stage

Of the many ways to incorporate Wabi Sabi into your home, this can be a simple, impactful approach to this way of life. Allow the "flaws" of your space to be apart of your design style. The scratches on your coffee table, the cracks upon a vase, or the weathered look of your flooring all embrace the organic beauty common to the Wabi Sabi philosophy, while also inviting depth and history into your home.

Featured above is the Tuscani Travertine Console Table and the Sorento Sculpture.

Wabi Sabi teaches us to find beauty in even the most mundane areas of our lives or the imperfections within the world. Appreciating the small and subtle beauty within everyday things, allowing us to live our life to the fullest, in an authentic way. It's a positive shift in our mindset, offering us a chance to break free from the conventional, enabling us to embrace the beauty of imperfection and value the smallest details that create the greatest impact.

When designing your Wabi Sabi space, it is essential to embrace natural and raw materials, neutral tones and hues, and organic silhouettes and textures. These elements hold great value and help create a tranquil atmosphere that aligns with the Wabi Sabi philosophy.

A Wabi Sabi home is a powerful reminder of the impermanence of all things and the everlasting beauty of nature's fleeting moments.

If you find yourself connected and inspired by the philosophy of Wabi Sabi, we offer you a chance to explore our collections, inspired by the timelessness, effortlessness, and beauty found in nature. Through our pieces, we provide a sense of nostalgia and an admiration of your surroundings.

We were mentioned as a Wabi-Sabi design expert on the Redfin blog! Check out the article we were featured in: What is Wabi Sabi Design? How-to Tips from Experts | Redfin

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